Obesity Innovation Summit

Obesity Innovation Summit

July 18-19th, 2024 | Houston, Texas

Connecting Innovators to Define the Actions of Tomorrow

 

Co-Located with the Future of Diabetes Care Summit

Registration Agenda
What to Expect at the Obesity Innovation Summit
Championing Cross-Sector Collaboration

The Obesity Innovation Summit is a key forum for collaboration between healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, patient advocates and policy makers. Recognising obesity as a chronic disease, discussions will explore the complexities that influence this disease, including stigma and misinformation, health equity, nutrition and access to pharmacological, surgical, lifestyle and precision medicine.

Connect with Thought Leaders

Connect with esteemed thought leaders and like-minded professional in an environment that fosters action-focused discussions. Dynamic panel discussions, informative presentation sessions and collaborative networking sessions will facilitate the convergence of diverse perspectives to help develop comprehensive, multi-modal and sustainable strategies for obesity prevention, treatment, and long-term management.

Action Focused Discussions

Empower yourself with the latest evidence-based clinical insights, equipping you with actionable points to be a proactive advocate for obesity awareness and innovation within obesity healthcare. The Obesity Innovation 2024 Summit will act as a springboard for industry peers to not only stay at the forefront of innovation but also actively contribute to the global dialogue on obesity healthcare.

Co-Located Summit

Double the Summits, double the content! Conveniently co-located at the Laura Hotel and running simultaneously, Obesity Innovation Summit delegate pass holders will be able to access all session and networking opportunities of the Future of Diabetes Care Summit on a complimentary basis.

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Co-Located Summit

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) looks forward to amplifying the
patient voice and collaborating with thought leaders, healthcare providers and other advocates at the 2024 Obesity Innovation Summit. The Summit is an important opportunity to unite in our shared goal of improving the way that people with obesity are treated both medically and as a society. OAC is hopeful that the Summit will be another positive step toward change.

Obesity Action Coalition

”As a psychologist working with patients living with obesity, I am thrilled to be engaged in the cutting edge work to be discussed at the Obesity Innovation Summit. It is our duty as clinicians to stay on top of the latest science and to keep asking hard questions on behalf of our patients. And I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a mental health component to this discussion about obesity- it has never been more important!”

Robyn Pashby, Founder & Clinical Health Psychologist, DC Health Psychology and National Board of Directors, Obesity Action Coalition

“The recognition that obesity is a chronic disease is growing but there is still much work to be done to combat weight stigma and help patients access comprehensive and evidence-based obesity care. I look forward to the presentations and discussions at the Obesity Innovation Summit to drive these changes forward” 

Nisha Patel, Director, Advanced Organ Therapies, Sutter West Bay Medical Group

”Obesity is such a challenging, refractory, and progressive chronic disease, it will take more than one sector to reverse this public health crisis. I look forward to meeting, engaging, learning and collaborating with professionals across different disciplines at the 2024 Obesity Innovation Summit in Houston.”

Eduardo Grunvald, Director, Obesity Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center

2024 Speaker Faculty

Angela Fitch
Angela Fitch
President
Obesity Medicine Association
Angela Fitch
President
Obesity Medicine Association

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA is a leader in the field of obesity medicine. She is the current president of the Obesity Medicine Association and the 2017 winner of their Clinician of the Year Award. She served as chair of the clinical management section of the Obesity Society in 2015–2016.  She practiced primary care for 10 years before becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2012. She joined knownwell by way of Boston, where she divides her time between academia, activism, and medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, the former co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, a board member of the Obesity Action Coalition, and a founding member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Action on Obesity. Dr. Fitch is board-certified in obesity medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

Joe Nadglowski
Joe Nadglowski
President & CEO
Obesity Action Coalition
Joe Nadglowski
President & CEO
Obesity Action Coalition

Joe Nadglowski is President & CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) – a nonprofit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to elevating and empowering individuals affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. A frequent speaker and author, Mr. Nadglowski is especially passionate about access to obesity treatments, tackling weight bias and sharing his own experiences with obesity. He has more than 25 years of experience working in patient advocacy, public policy and education and is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Tekisha Everette
Tekisha Everette
Executive Vice President
Trust for America's Health
Tekisha Everette
Executive Vice President
Trust for America's Health

Tekisha Everette is TFAH’s Executive Vice President. In this role, she works in partnership with
TFAH’s President and CEO to chart and implement the organization’s strategic direction and
priorities, provides counsel on current and emerging policy issues, and engages with key
organizations, policymakers, and other partners to advance policy priorities to improve public
health and promote equity.

A successful executive leader and public policy strategist with a passion for health justice,
Everette’s career spans service in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Most recently, she
served as the inaugural Executive Director of Health Equity Solutions, a statewide non-profit
dedicated to advancing health equity through policy and advocacy in Connecticut. Prior to
Health Equity Solutions, Everette was the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs
with the American Diabetes Association, where she provided strategic leadership on policy and
advocacy initiatives with the White House, federal agencies, and Congress. Everette also worked
as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, where she
represented the interests of several non-profit healthcare organizations on issues such as health
reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and federal appropriations. Everette has also worked for the Service
Employees International Union and the State of Maryland. Recognized for her achievements in
health policy and advocacy, Everette is an alumna of the National Urban Fellows America’s
Leaders of Change program and is a member of the Association of Black Sociologists.

Everette earned a doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race,
gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy. She received a Master of Public
Administration from Virginia Tech and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science
and Interdisciplinary Studies also from Virginia Tech. She completed a Master of Public Health
from Yale University.

Byron Crowe
Byron Crowe
Chief Medical Officer
Solera Network
Byron Crowe
Chief Medical Officer
Solera Network

Dr. Byron Crowe, Chief Medical Officer at Solera Health, leads clinical strategy, focusing on transformative health outcomes. Formerly Solera’s Medical Director, he designed programs for Falls Prevention, Mental Health and more. Crowe currently serves as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and practices clinically at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His work in improving health systems at scale has spanned large academic medical centers, international non-profits and digital health innovators.

Sajani Shah
Sajani Shah
Chief, Division of MIS/Bariatric Surgery & Director of the Weight and Wellness Center
Tufts Medical Center
Sajani Shah
Chief, Division of MIS/Bariatric Surgery & Director of the Weight and Wellness Center
Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Sajani Shah received her medical degree at St. Georges University of Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed her general surgery residency at Downstate University in Brooklyn, New York and her advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgery fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. After finishing her fellowship she joined Tufts Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Shah practices minimally invasive surgery, with a focus on bariatric procedures. She is a board-certified surgeon who performs laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and revisions of previous bariatric operations. She also performs general surgery procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomies and has expertise in laparoscopic hernia repairs. In addition to her clinical role, she has served as the surgery clerkship director for the medical students and is the associate program director for the surgical residency.

As a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Dr. Shah regularly attends societal surgical symposiums, and strives to provide her patients with the highest quality of the current standards of practice. Dr Shah is also involved in local medical organizations such as Indian Medical Association of New England where she has been elected as President-elect. She volunteers her time at free clinics located throughout Massachusetts.

Dr. Shah has been published in several books including, Mastery of Surgery: Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery – Lap Cholecystectomy
Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery: Neuromodulation. She has also published articles and studies in peer-reviewed journals that include American Journal of Surgery, Obesity Care News, Archives of Surgery, Journal of American College of Surgery, and the Bariatric Times. She has also been involved in clinical research serving as the principal investigator in trials such as VBLOC (vagal blocking therapy) an innovative device to help lose weight.

Justin Ryder
Justin Ryder
Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery / Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Lurie Children's Hospital / Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Justin Ryder
Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery / Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Lurie Children's Hospital / Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Justin Ryder is a clinical translational pediatric obesity researcher focused on understanding
the biology underlying treatment response for pediatric obesity. The goal of his NIH funded
research is to expediate the translation of treatment from adults to children for the disease of
obesity and improve short-term and long-term outcomes for youth with obesity. His highly
collaborative works span the continuum of treatment with studies focused on lifestyle
modification, medications, and surgery. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of Research for
the Department of Surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Surgery
and Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Adimika Arthur
Adimika Arthur
CEO & Executive Director
HealthTech for Medicaid (HT4M)
Adimika Arthur
CEO & Executive Director
HealthTech for Medicaid (HT4M)

Adimika Arthur is a visionary and strategic executive who has spent over two decades in healthcare and whose research experience in health equity, investments and disruptive technologies provides companies insights while competing in a rapidly shifting market. An experienced clinical epidemiologist and hospital/health system executive, she loves to help people better understand health, wellbeing and healthcare through storytelling, connection and culture. Adimika currently serves as the founding Executive Director and CEO for Health Tech for Medicaid (HT4M).

HT4M is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting innovation in Medicaid, the nations’ largest insurer, and further improving the quality, equity and access to care for vulnerable populations, their families and communities. HT4M is radically changing the pace of innovation in Medicaid through innovative program service delivery, infrastructure/ ecosystem development and
issue/policy advocacy to facilitate cutting-edge forums and partnerships for entrepreneurs, payers, providers, policymakers, advocates, investors and the Medicaid community. Sitting at the intersection of where health equity and tech equity meet, HT4M is considered a mission-based market enabler that facilitates cross-sectoral, collaborative partnerships in health technology nationwide.Adimika is a mom of two boys, an active community volunteer and advocate for liberation of the outdoors for all to enjoy. She traverses hiking trails around the world, runs daily and enjoys learning about new cultures while traveling. She has an MPH from the University of Washington, a BS from Clark Atlanta University and studied at Boston University School of Medicine.
Eduardo Grunvald
Eduardo Grunvald
Director, Obesity Medicine
University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Eduardo Grunvald
Director, Obesity Medicine
University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Dr. Grunvald is board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine. He is the medical director of the Center for Advanced Weight Management, within the UCSD (University of California San Diego) Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Grunvald and his associates manage patients with combinations of lifestyle interventions, anti-obesity pharmacotherapy, and metabolic bariatric surgery.

 

As a clinical professor, Dr. Grunvald is very involved in teaching at the medical school on topics such as metabolism, weight regulation, and treatment of obesity and weight related medical conditions. He has served on a national committee developing competencies for obesity education in medical schools and has authored guidelines on the use of medications for weight management. His research interests include obesity medicine education, bariatric surgery outcomes, weight-related complications and anti-obesity drug development. He has served as principal investigator for clinical trials on anti-obesity drug development.

 

Dr. Grunvald completed his residency training at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at University of Washington School of Medicine.

Carolina Solis-Herrera
Carolina Solis-Herrera
Associate Professor and Medical Director Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity
UT Health San Antonio
Carolina Solis-Herrera
Associate Professor and Medical Director Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Solis-Herrera is a Physician-Scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio (UTHSA). She is  also an active collaborator of the Division of Diabetes. Additionally, she serves as the Medical Director at the Diabetes Clinic in the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC).

After completing her training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology in Mexico, where she continues to be board certified, Dr. Solis completed a 4-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes and Metabolism Research at UTHSA under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph DeFronzo. During this time, she acquired highly advanced skills in multiple research techniques, including assessment of beta-cell function with different insulin clamp techniques, insulin sensitivity, measurement of endogenous glucose production, indirect calorimetry, PET/radioactive tracers, MRI/MRS and assessment of myocardial fuel metabolism among others.

Later, she re-trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at UTHSA and is board certified on both. During this time, she continued to pursue her passion in Translational and Clinical Research in Diabetes and Metabolism, where she has secured significant Grant Funding. Dr Solis-Herrera is also a Voelcker Scholar and is well published in highly-esteemed peer-reviewed journals.

Her areas of interest include Pathogenesis of Diabetes, Mechanisms of Action of novel anti-diabetic drugs and Cardiometabolic Endocrinology. Dr. Solis-Herrera is passionate about education and service and has a Diabetes Teaching Clinic at the MARC. She supervises Clinical and Research Fellows, Residents and Graduate Students.

She is actively involved with multiple local, national and international associations and is an active member of AACE, ADA and EASD. She also serves as Associate Editor of Diabetes Spectrum and is a member of the JDRF National Grant Review Committee.

Juliana Simonetti
Juliana Simonetti
Director, Obesity Medicine & Co-Director, Comprehensive Weight Management Program
University of Utah Health
Juliana Simonetti
Director, Obesity Medicine & Co-Director, Comprehensive Weight Management Program
University of Utah Health

Dr. Simonetti received her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2009. She completed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical nutrition and obesity at Boston University Medical Center. After practicing internal medicine and running a weight management department in Boston she has returned to the University of Utah as faculty in the Division of Endocrinology.

She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Simonetti’s clinical interests include weight management, different care models of chronic disease management, as well as caring for patients in the pre and post-op phase of bariatric surgery and patients with weight-loss device implantations.

She will direct the Bariatric Medicine Program and co-direct the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at the University of Utah. Dr. Simonetti will work alongside bariatric surgeons to create a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to care for patients with obesity.

Monica Ezue
Monica Ezue
Director of Health Equity
UnitedHealthcare
Monica Ezue
Director of Health Equity
UnitedHealthcare
Robyn Pashby
Robyn Pashby
Founder & Clinical Health Psychologist / National Board of Directors
Health Psychology Partners / Obesity Action Coalition
Robyn Pashby
Founder & Clinical Health Psychologist / National Board of Directors
Health Psychology Partners / Obesity Action Coalition

Dr. Robyn Pashby, Ph.D. is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in the psychological aspects of obesity and health. She is the owner and director of Health Psychology Partners, a group health psychology practice located in Washington DC and she serves on the National Board of Directors of the Obesity Action Coalition.

 

Dr. Pashby earned her PhD in both Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), F. Edward Hebert Medical School. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Washington DC Veterans Hospital and her post-doctoral Fellowship in the Eating Behavior Lab at USUHS. She is experienced in the use of evidence-based interventions for eating and weight concerns including Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her clinical specialization is in the psychological treatment of obesity, binge eating disorder, internalized weight bias, pre- and post-bariatric surgery concerns, and anti-obesity medication use; and she has presented research and clinical trainings nationally and internationally on these topics.

Nisha Patel
Nisha Patel
Director, Advanced Organ Therapies Obesity Medicine Program
Sutter West Bay Medical Group
Nisha Patel
Director, Advanced Organ Therapies Obesity Medicine Program
Sutter West Bay Medical Group

Dr. Nisha Patel is a highly skilled and accomplished physician with certifications in internal, obesity and culinary medicine, along with menopause and clinical lipidology. Dr. Patel attended medical school at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of California in San Diego. She currently serves as the Director of a novel obesity medicine program in San Francisco caring for medically complex pre and post organ transplant patients.

 

Dr. Patel combines her expertise in medicine and nutrition with her passion for culinary literacy to empower her patients with the tools to make sustainable, lifelong healthy eating habits. She is also a co-founder of Meet Ayla, a supportive community to help women across their lifespan (from pre-pregnancy to menopause) improve their cardiometabolic health. Dr. Patel is a frequent speaker and presenter, sharing her knowledge and expertise with physician colleagues, medical trainees, and the general public. She also maintains an active social media presence on Instagram and Twitter (@DrPlantel), where she continues to inspire and educate the general public on evidence-based obesity medicine and nutrition.

Jon Gordon
Jon Gordon
Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
HC9 Ventures
Jon Gordon
Co-Founder & Managing General Partner
HC9 Ventures

Healthcare investor/innovator with deep industry experience in the payor, provider and start-up worlds. Focus on the intersection of innovation, strategy and policy to identify opportunities to change and improve healthcare.

 

HC9 is an early-stage venture capital firm purpose-built to provide industry-specific expertise to emerging healthcare software and services companies. HC9’s unparalleled, deeply engaged investor community of leading executives, entrepreneurs and investors collectively has thousands of years of experience in all facets of healthcare. We leverage the power of that experience to support the founders that are shaping the future of healthcare.

John Cleek
John Cleek
Medical Director, Obesity Medicine
Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Obesity Medicine Charleston, South Carolina
John Cleek
Medical Director, Obesity Medicine
Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Obesity Medicine Charleston, South Carolina

John B. Cleek, MD, is the medical director of obesity medicine at Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Obesity Medicine in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Cleek earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by a hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Cleek is board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine and is a board-certified physician nutrition specialist.

Previously, Dr. Cleek was an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the division of nutrition sciences. Before this he served as the medical director for the Vanderbilt Center for Medical Weight Loss in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Carolinas Weight Management & Wellness Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Cleek is a member of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine, for which he served as the chair from 2011 to 2014; the American Board of Obesity Medicine, for which he served as the chair from 2018 to 2021; the Obesity Medicine Association; and The Obesity Society. His research has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Endocrine Practice, and Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield of California
Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi
Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine
Blue Shield of California

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi oversees the operations and growth of a suite of clinically proven lifestyle medicine programs for Blue Shield of California’s members. Angie and her team work to drive seamless operations, as well as enrollment and engagement in the lifestyle medicine interventions under the Wellvolution brand. Specifically, Angie is leading work to rationalize and scale lifestyle medicine programs for this leading California health plan, so that members can benefit from improved outcomes, reverse chronic conditions and improve their quality of life. She strongly believes that lifestyle medicine can transform the current health care model by introducing clinically effective, cost effective, and non invasive lifestyle approaches into the care continuum. She, herself, has incorporated lifestyle medicine into her own life to prevent disease and live in optimal health. Angie is strategically working to promote Blue Shield of California’s philosophy that lifestyle is medicine.

Prior to joining Blue Shield in 2010, Angie worked as the Wellness Program Manager at Visa, Inc. where she created and implemented a new suite of global wellness programs for Visa employees. Part of her role at Visa was to incorporate Visa wellness programming with health plan offerings so that employees had a seamless experience. Prior to her time at Visa, Angie served as the Fitness Director at the Sports Club LA in San Francisco where she oversaw a staff of 60 trainers, nutritionists, and sports coordinators. In her role there, she also managed new-member fitness programs, trainer education, and direct private training sales. She has also worked in marketing, business planning, and accounting.

Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi holds an M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University, a B.S. degree in Business from the University of California, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, and is a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

Amanda Powell
Amanda Powell
Chair, Division of Lifestyle Health
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Amanda Powell
Chair, Division of Lifestyle Health
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Jamila Freightman
Jamila Freightman
CDC High Obesity Program Manager
LSU AgCenter
Jamila Freightman
CDC High Obesity Program Manager
LSU AgCenter
Jessica Inwood
Jessica Inwood
Director of Medical Weight Management
Southcoast Health
Jessica Inwood
Director of Medical Weight Management
Southcoast Health

Dr. Inwood is in practice at Southcoast Health Weight Management Center in Fall River and Wareham, where she specializes in Obesity Medicine.  She is on the medical staff of Charlton Memorial Hospital. A 2004 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Dr. Inwood completed her residency at the Self Regional Healthcare/Montgomery Center for Family Medicine in Greenwood, S.C in 2007. Her special interests include non-surgical weight management, including prescription medications, personalized nutrition and exercise plans, behavior modification, and reversal and prevention of weight-related diseases. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Massachusetts Medical Society. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Kelley Hagerich
Kelley Hagerich
Obesity Medicine Physician and National Lead VA MOVE! Weight Management Provider Champions
VA Palo Alto Healthcare Systems & U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Kelley Hagerich
Obesity Medicine Physician and National Lead VA MOVE! Weight Management Provider Champions
VA Palo Alto Healthcare Systems & U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Kelley Hagerich, MD, MPH, FACP, DipABOM, DipACLM is the national lead physician champion for the Veterans Healthcare System weight management program called the MOVE! Program, and she also serves as the medical director of the newly developed regional bariatric surgery program based at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. This program provides medical weight management services and bariatric surgery to Northern and Central California, Reno, and Las Vegas, Nevada. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Lifestyle Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. Before transferring to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System in January 2022, she spent nine years at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, where she worked as a primary care provider and served as the medical director of the weight management clinic. She was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, where she taught UCSD medical students and served as a preceptor for the UCSD Internal Medicine residency program. Dr . Hagerich will pursue academic affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine. She currently hosts third and fourth-year medical students from Stanford in her obesity medicine clinic at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

Michelle Hauser
Michelle Hauser
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine (Surgery), General Surgery, Primary Care & Population Health
Stanford University School of Medicine
Michelle Hauser
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine (Surgery), General Surgery, Primary Care & Population Health
Stanford University School of Medicine

Michelle Hauser, MD, MS, MPA, FACP, FACLM, DipABLM, Chef is Obesity Medicine Director of the Medical Weight Loss Program in the Stanford Lifestyle and Weight Management Center. She is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine. She also holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, General Surgery, and by courtesy, Primary Care and Population Health. Dr. Hauser developed the Medgroup lifestyle and medical weight management program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) which now serves patients across the U.S. both in and outside the VA system. She is currently course director for SURG244: Teaching Kitchen Elective for MD & PA Students at Stanford—the course upon which her ACLM co-published Culinary Medicine Curriculum is based. This curriculum has been used in over 100 countries for health professional education and patient care.

Beyond delivering patient care and medical education, Dr. Hauser is a prevention researcher and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef. She combines her skills to help patients move away from lifestyles that lead to chronic disease and toward those that promote health and well-being. She currently serves as Co-I and study physician for the Vida Sana y Completa study to evaluate co-treatment of food insecurity and obesity among Spanish-speaking Latina women. Prior studies have examined diet quality, weight management, culinary medicine, utilizing technology for physical activity and nutrition interventions, and evaluation of weight management programs.

Dr. Hauser is an invited fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow and past director for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She completed her medical degree, residency, the Zuckerman Fellows Program in Leadership & Public Service and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree at Harvard. She also completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research degree and the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Stanford.

Holly Lofton
Holly Lofton
Director, Medical Weight Management Program
NYU School of Medicine
Holly Lofton
Director, Medical Weight Management Program
NYU School of Medicine
Adam Kaufman
Adam Kaufman
Advisor & Ex-SVP Healthcare
Weight Watchers
Adam Kaufman
Advisor & Ex-SVP Healthcare
Weight Watchers

Adam Kaufman is an accomplished executive, entrepreneur, and board member providing pioneering leadership in digital health, medical services, and healthy living. For more than two decades he has been a pioneer of digital health and its accompanying transformation of the healthcare industry. He is known for driving organizational improvements through technical advancements as well as defining strategic vision to penetrate new markets, expand product lines, and grow revenue.

Adam currently serves as a consultant to startups, Fortune 100 companies and leading health systems, including Mayo Clinic.
He is a Senior Advisor at Eversana Consulting and a EIR at JSL Capital. He is also Publisher & Editor at BearingOn.Health. As SVP
of Healthcare, Adam reorganized Weight Watchers B2B healthcare division while leading the launch of the first dedicated
broad WW consumer solution for people with diabetes. He defined a successful go-to-market plan while positioning the
product line for significant growth within this new vertical. Adam has been a startup founder and was CEO at Canary Health
leading the company through several rounds of financing and growth to a $10M in annual recurring revenue run rate.

Adam has particularly deep expertise in VC and PE backed healthcare companies supporting their digital transformation and
entrance into new markets often after growth has stalled or declined in initial strategies. He has worked to redefine value
propositions, adjust go-to-market strategies and build and lead marketing and sales teams.

Leveraging a Ph.D. in Applied Microeconomics (with a focus in healthcare) from the University of Southern California, Adam
also worked as an Adjunct at USC, teaching healthcare Industrial Organization and Applied Statistics. He served as a Fulbright
Scholar at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico and completed a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Systems
Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Disha Narang
Disha Narang
Director of Obesity Medicine
NorthShore University Health System
Disha Narang
Director of Obesity Medicine
NorthShore University Health System

Disha Narang, M.D. is an endocrinologist, obesity and culinary medicine specialist. She is the Director of Obesity Medicine at NorthShore University Health System in Chicago.

Dr. Narang is extremely passionate about combatting our epidemic of obesity through targeting our food environment and using current therapeutic measures to sustain long-term weight maintenance. Dr. Narang is focused on helping her patients and the community understand how and what to eat in order to improve their overall health and chronic diseases. She has partnered with chefs and dietitians for years to bring lecture series and cooking demonstrations to her patients, community, and beyond. Dr. Narang especially loves working with women at all stages of their lives, in addition to families navigating obesity and chronic metabolic disease.

Dr. Narang has been featured in several national and global media outlets, including the BBC, CNN, and NPR, speaking on the obesity epidemic, diabetes, chronic medical weight management, and our food environment.

Katherine Saunders
Katherine Saunders
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine / Co-Founder
Weill Cornell Medicine / Intellihealth
Katherine Saunders
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine / Co-Founder
Weill Cornell Medicine / Intellihealth

Dr. Katherine H. Saunders is a physician entrepreneur and an internationally recognized expert in
Obesity Medicine. She is on the cutting edge of effective and compassionate obesity treatment. Dr.
Saunders co-founded Intellihealth, a software and clinical services company scaling and democratizing
access to comprehensive medical obesity treatment. She practices at Intellihealth’s clinical services
affiliate, Flyte Medical, and she is on faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Saunders received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth
College and her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she became a member of the
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her internship and residency training in
Internal Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, where she served as
ambulatory chief resident. Dr. Saunders was the first clinical fellow in Obesity Medicine at the
Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Saunders is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of
Obesity Medicine. She hosts the Weight Matters podcast with Dr. Louis Aronne, she regularly speaks at
international conferences, and she publishes extensively on Obesity Medicine and weight management.
Dr. Saunders has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and she has been
featured in multiple national media outlets, including Forbes, Politico, The Atlantic, Associated Press,
Women’s Health, USA Today, Healio, Healthline, and HCP Live. Dr. Saunders also makes frequent guest
appearances on a variety of podcasts, radio shows and TV shows including ABC’s Good Morning
America.

Dr. Saunders’ recent awards and recognition include the Women at Weill Investment Competition,
Brown Brothers Harriman 22 Women to Watch in 2022, Medika Life Top 30 Influencers Transforming
Wellness in 2023, the Health Innovators’ Top Health Innovators to Watch in 2023 and New York Super
Doctors 2023.

Bharti Abichandani Shetye
Bharti Abichandani Shetye
Provider Champion / Owner / Board of Trustees
VA MOVE! / Dr. Abby's Weights Management Clinic / Obesity Medicine Association
Bharti Abichandani Shetye
Provider Champion / Owner / Board of Trustees
VA MOVE! / Dr. Abby's Weights Management Clinic / Obesity Medicine Association

Dr. Abby is certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. She has established her presence as a weight loss specialist in Pinellas county since 2007. She now brings her expertise to Hillsborough county in an effort to decrease the burden of obesity in the Greater Tampa bay area.

Linda Golden
Linda Golden
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Lomaira™
Linda Golden
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Lomaira™

Linda is a native of Mississippi. After becoming a nurse in 1983, she spent time abroad in Izmir, Turkey. Returning to the States, she began a career in geriatrics where she held a position as Director of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994.  Linda later obtained a master’s degree and a dual Certification in Family Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of South Alabama in 2005.  In August 2011, she received a Doctorate in Nursing from Chatham University.

Linda’s experience includes bariatric, labor and delivery, medical/surgical, orthopedic, geriatric as well as management.   Linda has worked in the field of Bariatric Surgery for the past 17 years and is an invaluable addition to her team.  Her expertise as a Doctor of Nursing practice promotes patient education and facilitates effective collaboration among surgeons, internists, and other healthcare disciplines.

Shagun Bindlish
Shagun Bindlish
Mission Chair
American Diabetes Association Northern California
Shagun Bindlish
Mission Chair
American Diabetes Association Northern California

Shagun Bindlish MD is a Diabetologist/Internist and Obesity medicine specialist. In addition to her primary care and specialty practice, she works as a Mission Chair of the nonprofit organization American Diabetes Association Northern California. As a Mission Chair, our mission is to bring awareness about Diabetes and work closely with various other organizations to discuss important healthcare issues like Health Equity, Diabetes prevention programs in Adults, and Project power in Pediatrics. We also engage with various Silicon Valley organizations years and arrange the biggest fundraising bicycling event Tour De Cure to encourage physical activity.

Dr. Bindlish is Adjunct faculty at Touro University California and teaches Obesity Medicine at the Diabetes fellowship program. She is also a faculty at the University at Cruise Continous Medical Education program and has given educational lectures about Diabetes and Obesity in the US and Europe.

She is also very passionate about advocacy work and works as an advocate between primary care providers and Legislators as part of the American College of Physicians (ACP). She has been representing the California chapter as a fellow for the past 2 years in Washington DC. Dr. Bindlish is also nominated as the Wellbeing Champion for Northern California ACP.

Dr. Bindlish is an Associate Editor in the renowned journal Obesity Pillars of Medicine and Clinical Diabetes magazine for Primary Care. She is also a chair of the Outreach committee at the Obesity Medicine Association.

Shagun earned her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia in Russian language and completed her residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York. She has also pursued Diabetes Fellowship training from Ohio University, Ohio. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Diplomate of Obesity and Lifestyle Medicine.

Shagun has also contributed to multiple international webinars for organizations like the Romanian Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, the British Medical Journal India, a Music conference in the UK about Teenage obesity, and Music and DiaBeters- a Nonprofit Organization in Kenya, Africa. She has also written multiple blogs and articles for Helio, and Physician Weekly. She is currently practicing at One Medical California and her philosophy is to build trust and friendly relations with patients, with a main focus on prevention and awareness.

Stephanie Ortiz Page
Stephanie Ortiz Page
Medical Director, Diabetes and Obesity Medicine
Carteret Medical Group
Stephanie Ortiz Page
Medical Director, Diabetes and Obesity Medicine
Carteret Medical Group

Dr. Stephanie Ortiz Page is a board-certified family medicine physician with additional fellowship training in diabetes/metabolism from East Carolina Univeristy and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  She is the former founding medical director for the Metabolic and Medical Weight Loss Program at Nuvance Health. She currently is working as a lead diabetes and obesity medicine specialist at Carteret Medical Group in Eastern North Carolina, and sub-investigator for Clinical Trials focusing on metabolic disease treatment. Dr. Ortiz Page has a passion and expertise in understanding the daily challenges of managing diabetes and obesity. She is skilled in motivating patients and teaching healthy nutrition and lifestyle strategies that will promote their best possible health.

Patrice Harris
Patrice Harris
Past President ; CEO
American Medical Association; eMed Digital Healthcare
Patrice Harris
Past President ; CEO
American Medical Association; eMed Digital Healthcare

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA is the CEO and Co-Founder of eMed, a digital healthcare company.
She is a board-certified psychiatrist from Atlanta and has diverse experience as a private
practicing physician, county public health director and patient advocate. She has deep
experience and expertise in public policy on both legislative and regulatory fronts and at all
levels of government. Dr. Harris was the 174 th President of the American Medical Association
and the first African American woman elected to that position. She is a visiting professor of
psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and serves as Chief Health and Medical Editor of Everydayhealth.com.

Dr. Sejal Desai
Dr. Sejal Desai
Founder & Medical Director
Tula Medical Weight Loss & Wellness
Dr. Sejal Desai
Founder & Medical Director
Tula Medical Weight Loss & Wellness

Dr. Desai is a double board-certified Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine physician practicing in Houston, TX.  She has been in practice for 20+ years and has been specifically working with patients who struggle with the disease of obesity since 2013.  She is the founder and Medical Director of Tula Medical Weight Loss & Wellness, a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to weight loss and maintenance.  She also serves as a board member for HOPE (Houston Obesity Partnership for Excellence), founded Diva Docpreneurs, an organization to help women physician entrepreneurs, is a GOLD Panel Speaker to educate healthcare providers about rare genetic diseases of obesity, is a member of the Obesity medicine association’s membership committee, is a frequent guest speaker on multiple podcasts and volunteers in her community to educate other healthcare providers, medical students and the general public on the importance of treating the chronic disease of obesity.

Dr. Kathy Giammona
Dr. Kathy Giammona
Medical Account Director
Novo Nordisk
Dr. Kathy Giammona
Medical Account Director
Novo Nordisk

Dr. Kathy Giammon, PharmD is a Medical Account Director at Novo Nordisk, Inc. for the Texas/ LA region, specializing in Cardiometabolic diseases such as Obesity, NASH, CKD and Diabetes. In this role, Dr. Giammona spends her time consulting and educating health plans, EBCs, actuaries, state government (Medicaid/Medicare) organizations responsible for drug formulary decisions impacting patients throughout the country. She also works with integrated health systems around population health and improving quality. Additionally, Dr. Giammona engages with employers who are alert to the clinical crisis of obesity and diabetes in their employees. Her aim is to assist these companies with the improvement of their employees’ health via proper medical management.

Dr. Giammona is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She then went on to The University of Texas Pharmacy School where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy.

After working two years as a retail pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy, Dr. Giammona worked 10 years for AstraZeneca as Medical Science Liaison specializing in dyslipidemia, acute coronary syndrome and hypertension. She has spent the past 13 years with NovoNordisk, most recently specializing in Diabetes and Obesity as well as other emerging cardiometabolic diseases. Her current role as a Medical Account Director is to provide clinical based information so payers can make informed decisions.

She has completed more than 23 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and has given hundreds of clinical presentations. Dr. Giammona is active in her community by serving in the past on the regional American Diabetes Board. There she was able to serve the community through fund raising, educational efforts and community health events. She currently works with coalitions such as the Houston Business Group on Health where she advocates for improved health care and recognition of social determinants of health that might impact outcomes of patients with cardiometabolic diseases.

She is the proud mother of twins, Lucas and Hannah, who are attending Texas A&M at College Station. She enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherwoman.

Shelley Turk
Shelley Turk
Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Shelley Turk
Divisional Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Shelley Turk is divisional senior vice president of Health Care Delivery at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). She is responsible for contracting relationships with providers in Illinois to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care for nearly 9 million members by aligning incentives and results. Previously, Shelley was Vice President and General Counsel for BCBSIL, and general counsel of Health Care Management for Health Care Service Corporation representing Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Shelley earned a Juris Doctor and Health Law Certificate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Macalester College. She volunteers on the Women’s Board of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and in her free time, enjoys Vinyasa Yoga, Lagree pilates, tennis, and traveling to scuba dive.

Byron Crowe
Byron Crowe
Chief Medical Officer
Solera Health
Byron Crowe
Chief Medical Officer
Solera Health

Dr. Byron Crowe, Chief Medical Officer at Solera Health, leads clinical strategy, focusing on transformative health outcomes. Formerly Solera’s Medical Director, he designed programs for Falls Prevention, Mental Health and more. Crowe currently serves as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and practices clinically at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His work in improving health systems at scale has spanned large academic medical centers, international non-profits and digital health innovators.

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This forum provides a rare opportunity to showcase your offering to a dedicated, world-class audience. Spaces are limited this year!

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Partners

Knowledge Partner
Knowledge Partner

Established in 2004 and proudly headquartered in Newtown, PA, KVK Pharmaceuticals stands as a distinguished specialty pharmaceutical company, committed to transforming the landscape of healthcare. With an unwavering dedication to innovation and excellence, KVK has gained notoriety in the industry, overseeing every facet of product development, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution.

At the heart of KVK’s success lies its comprehensive control over all aspects of the pharmaceutical lifecycle. From the initial stages of product ideation to the final step of distribution, KVK ensures meticulous attention to detail and adherence to the highest quality standards. This holistic approach sets KVK apart as a reliable and trusted partner in delivering pharmaceutical solutions that make a meaningful impact on patient well-being.

KVK proudly holds the distinction of being the largest supplier of generic phentermine in the United States. For two decades, KVK has maintained a steadfast focus on anti-obesity medications, and manufactures over 60% of obesity medications in America, demonstrating a deep-seated commitment to addressing the pressing health concerns associated with obesity. This significant contribution underscores the company’s pivotal role in advancing healthcare and emphasizes its dedication to combating the challenges posed by obesity.

 

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Knowledge Partner

Lark’s mission is to create compassionate technology that empowers people everywhere to live healthier lives. As a leading expert in AI digital health tech, Lark’s platform leverages conversational AI health coaching and connected devices to create a modern, personalized consumer experience for the prevention and management of chronic conditions.

Having been in the healthcare AI space for over a decade, Lark is the largest health plan provider for clinically proven obesity and pre-diabetes prevention programs. To date, Lark is providing over 2 million people with real-time, 24/7 personalized care coaching delivered through an easy-to-use, text message-like interface. Lark’s platform easily scales to right-size itself for an organization’s total population needs, while seamlessly integrating with health plans’ and employers’ existing healthcare and benefits infrastructure.

Lark currently provides programs across the entire care continuum, including Weight Management Solutions, Prevention, Heart Health, Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Management, and Hypertension Management. Lark’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which has received Full Recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The company has received numerous accolades, including having been named as one of CB Insights Digital Health 150, a finalist for the UCSF Digital Health Awards, and one of Fierce Healthcare’s Fierce 15.

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Knowledge Partner

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people with serious chronic conditions and rare diseases lead longer, healthier lives.

We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure life-threatening diseases.

 

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Knowledge Partner

Solera is changing lives by guiding people to better health solutions that work. The Solera HALO™ value-based technology platform enables successful interventions that address the most prevalent and costly chronic conditions. Solera matches consumers to their best-fit solution within carefully curated networks of digital and community-based point solutions, and drives superior engagement and outcomes by managing performance. Solera’s technology platform serves payers and employers by streamlining, integrating, and creating accountability in the point solution ecosystem.

 

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Spotlight Partner
Spotlight Partner

seca has been perfecting the skill of developing innovative weighing technologies and combining them with practice-oriented functions since 1840 and has become the worldwide market leader in the field of medical measuring and weighing. In addition to the operation of 13 branch offices, seca measuring systems and scales are also exported to over 110 countries. In addition, the seca service network guarantees the continual servicing of the precision devices. seca maintains close contact with users in order to support doctors and medical staff as professionally as possible. The results are innovative products that are precisely tailored to the needs of the respective medical areas of application such as the medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA) for body composition analysis by means of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and the seca 360° wireless system for diagnostic support. In doing so, the most advanced production techniques, durable materials, and worldwide quality management guarantee a product standard of the highest level.

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Summit Supporter
Summit Supporter

Dr. Desai is a double board-certified Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine physician practicing in Houston, TX.  She has been in practice for 20+ years and has been specifically working with patients who struggle with the disease of obesity since 2013.  She is the founder and Medical Director of Tula Medical Weight Loss & Wellness, a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to weight loss and maintenance.  She also serves as a board member for HOPE (Houston Obesity Partnership for Excellence), founded Diva Docpreneurs, an organization to help women physician entrepreneurs, is a GOLD Panel Speaker to educate healthcare providers about rare genetic diseases of obesity, is a member of the Obesity medicine association’s membership committee, is a frequent guest speaker on multiple podcasts and volunteers in her community to educate other healthcare providers, medical students and the general public on the importance of treating the chronic disease of obesity.

 

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Media Partner
Media Partner

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is dedicated to elevating and
empowering individuals affected by obesity through education,
advocacy and support. OAC raises awareness and improves access to
prevention and treatment of obesity, provides science-based education,
fights to eliminate weight bias and offers a community of support to
those affected.

 

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